Introducing Northern Kansai
The spectacular coastline of northern Kansai (関西北部) is known for its sandy beaches, rugged headlands, rocky islets and laid-back atmosphere. The JR San-in line runs the length of the area, but it spends a fair bit of time inland and in tunnels. The best way to see the coastline is on wheels, whether it be a rental car, a motorbike, a bicycle or by thumb.
Without a doubt, the best place to base yourself for an exploration of this area is the onsen town of Kinosaki, which is just over two hours from Kyoto by comfortable JR express trains.